The music director and recorder soloist, Dale Strohe Higbee, graduated in 1949 from Harvard College, where he played flute in a Bach cantata group organized and conducted by Thomas Dunn. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1954. He studied flute with Georges Laurent, Arthur Lora and Marcel Moyse, and recorder with Carl Dolmetsch.
Dale Higbee has played in many orchestras and chamber music groups, has published many articles on the recorder, and is widely recognized as an authority on the history of the instrument.
Dr. Higbee is a Governor of the Dolmetsch Foundation, An International Society for Early Music and Instruments, and is a past national board member of both the American Musical Instrument Society and the American Recorder Society. He is a member of The Galpin Society, a member of The American Bach Society and a life member of The American Handel Society. The Dale Higbee Collection of 18th century recorders and 18th & 19th century flutes and flageolets can be seen at the National Music Museum, The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, one of the world's greatest museums of historic musical instruments. Dr. Higbee performs on recorders pitched at c', d', f', g' a', b flat', c", d", and f" made by Jean-Luc Boudreau, Adrian Brown, Dolmetsch, von Huene, Alec Loretto, Bob Marvin, Fred Morgan, Tom Prescott and John Willman. Dr. Higbee is a life member of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, The harpsichord used in the Carolina Baroques concerts is a single-manual instrument made by Richard Kingston.